Ali Sahabi, GEC

Ali Sahabi

About Ali Sahabi

Ali Sahabi has been a licensed General Engineering Contractor (GEC) since 1993, and is a principal at Optimum Seismic, Inc. He has completed hundreds of seismic retrofitting and adaptive reuse projects for multifamily residential, commercial, and industrial buildings throughout California.
7 March, 2018

BizFed and Optimum Seismic Invite Local Government Leaders to Prepare for Inevitable Earthquakes

By | 2018-03-19T16:28:12+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Biz Fed, earthquake preparedness, Earthquake Protection, Optimum Seismic|

BizFed (The Los Angeles County Business Federation) has teamed up with Optimum Seismic Inc. to educate local government officials about the issues facing their cities in case of catastrophic destruction from an earthquake. This seminar will feature public officials and building experts identifying the impending risk of a major earthquake hitting the Los Angeles [...]

6 March, 2018

Legislation Introduced to Identify California’s Vulnerable Buildings

By | 2018-03-07T21:32:51+00:00 March 6th, 2018|Seismic Waves|

March 2018 Newsletter.  California is getting serious about earthquake safety, and because we represent the sixth largest economy in the world these efforts will have a positive impact beyond our state borders. Read more about it in a newly released whitepaper I co-authored along with building and [...]

5 March, 2018

USRC Releases White Paper in Association with Seismic Safety Legislation

By | 2018-03-06T23:06:10+00:00 March 5th, 2018|Seismic Resilience, Seismic Resilience Initiative|

Growing concern over the threat of a major earthquake in California has sparked a statewide movement for resiliency and pending legislation that calls for the identification of buildings most vulnerable to seismic damage and collapse. Scientists say that stress along the San Andreas fault has been building with little relief since the mid-1800s. The [...]

20 February, 2018

Lesson from Taiwan: Structures only as Safe as the Retrofit Engineering Behind Them

By | 2018-02-20T23:06:39+00:00 February 20th, 2018|Earthquake Protection, Earthquake Retrofits, seismic retrofit safety|

Most survivors of the damage from last month’s 6.4-magnitude quake in Taiwan were in the upper floors of the buildings that tilted and caved in with lethal results. Throughout the days following the Feb. 6 temblor, hundreds of people climbed out of toppled buildings – making their way to the outside through windows, balconies [...]

15 February, 2018

Seismic Retrofitting Approaches to 5 Common Building Types

By | 2018-02-15T00:22:02+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Seismic Retrofit|

No two buildings are exactly alike. In fact, some that may seem at first appearance to be identical can display significant differences based on a number of factors, including structural composition, materials, the wear and tear on the building, even the composition of the soil beneath it. It’s impossible, then, to give specifications to [...]

6 February, 2018

Tips To Protecting Yourself During Retrofit Construction

By | 2018-03-07T11:31:19+00:00 February 6th, 2018|Seismic Waves|

February 2018 Newsletter.  Humans, throughout history, have tied nature to the cause of certain phenomenon. This is particularly true for earthquake lore. In ancient times, many people believed earthquakes were caused by huge animals, angry gods and giants. Current folklore attempts to find causal links between moon [...]

19 January, 2018

The Value of Safety in your Seismic Retrofit Project

By | 2018-01-19T23:21:51+00:00 January 19th, 2018|Seismic Retrofit, seismic retrofit safety|

Why it pays to select contractors that comply with professional and occupational standards. Construction, when done wrong, can be an industry fraught with workplace injury. On any given day, more than six million people work at some 252,000 construction sites across the nation, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. In 2015, 927 construction [...]

9 January, 2018

Why 2018 Could Bring Increase in Major Quakes

By | 2018-01-17T06:25:48+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Seismic Waves|

January 2018 Newsletter.  Newsweek just reported that 2018 could bring an increase in major earthquakes worldwide, a phenomenon triggered by small fluctuations in the Earth's rotation. In fact, the Geological Society of America reports we have just entered a five-year period of enhanced seismic activity. I foresee [...]

20 December, 2017

How Our Industry Can Protect California’s Seismic Resilience

By | 2018-01-15T17:36:30+00:00 December 20th, 2017|Seismic Resilience|

People have been talking about “The Big One” for many years, but the level of alarm over California’s vulnerability to earthquakes has never been as high as it is today. Our state has more than a 99 percent chance of experiencing a magnitude 6.7 or larger earthquake within the next 30 years, according to [...]

15 December, 2017

Studies Show Many Cost Benefits to Earthquake Retrofits

By | 2018-01-12T00:07:45+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Earthquake Retrofit Benefits|

The devastation caused by last month’s massive 8.1- and 7.1-magnitude earthquakes in Mexico City serves as a grim reminder of the importance of building safety to guard against death, injury and property damage. There’s no disputing that saving lives is the ultimate concern in preparing for an earthquake, but did you know that building [...]